How you can help Japan’s older adults

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How you can help Japan’s older adults

Posted on March 17, 2011

Here is a great post from the Future of Aging blog

Last week’s devastating earthquake in Japan was especially tragic for the country’s older adults. Japan is widely known as one of the world’s oldest countries. However, as seen on this ILC Profile of Older Japanese, Japan’s older population is not evenly distributed across the country.

While the cities are filled with younger people, many older people stay in agricultural region like those affected by the earthquake and tsunami. In addition, media reports are quickly making it apparent that many older Japanese did not have the help needed to survive the earthquake and the tsunami that followed.

Thomas Bryan with the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing wrote a great blog postthat provides a comprehensive overview of the challenges facing this country’s older adults in the aftermath of this tragedy. The post also features a link to a directory of organizations that are currently serving the region.

As you know, the power of the LeadingAge community is strong and ready to serve in the face of tragedy. I encourage you to share that power with our Japanese peers as they strive to overcome this tragedy.